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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2015 10:50 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Animal Cruelty Penalty Increase for Cats and Dogs
In the near future, I will be re-introducing my legislation that raises the charge for animal cruelty against a dog or cat from a summary offense, to a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Additionally, for a second or subsequent offense against a dog or cat, the charge would be a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Willfully injuring, starving, or neglecting dogs or cats is deplorable, and I believe that it is time to raise the penalty of these actions. It is my hope that raising these penalties will discourage the ill-treatment of these loyal animals.

I invite you to please consider joining me as a co-sponsor. This is a reintroduction of SB 965 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: HUGHES, FONTANA, BROWNE, SMITH, STACK, TEPLITZ, ALLOWAY, RAFFERTY, WHITE and VULAKOVICH.

Introduced as SB339